Star Trek has been a cultural institution for over 50 years. When my parents were dating, one of the hallmarks of their courtship was that my mother would come over to my father’s apartment to watch The Original Series. I myself grew up watching TNG from the time I was three years old. Now, thanks to streaming services, we have shows like Discovery and Picard to carry on the tradition and reach a whole new generation of fans. The Star Trek Universe Virtual Panel at Comic-Con @ Home, which premiered on Thursday, July 23rd, was a celebration of that legacy: what Star Trek has become and where it’s going. It’s also a perfect illustration of why #StoriesMatter.
As a comics scholar and an instructor who often teaches comics, I was delighted to digitally attend this year's Teaching and Learning with Comics panel at the San Diego Comic-Con@Home event. (Big ups to the SDCC for facilitating such an engaging set of panels so seamlessly during this pandemic!) This panel's lovely and lively moderators include Peter Carlson (of Green Dot Public Schools), Susan Kirtley (of Portland State University), and Antero Garcia (of Stanford University). The panelists include Nick Sousanis (Unflattening), Ebony Flowers (Hot Comb), David F. Walker (Naomi), and Brian Michael Bendis (Naomi). Due to the pandemic, this panel takes place in three distinct "conversations" between two panel moderators and each respective creator (Walker and Bendis appear together, having both worked on Naomi.), rather than in standard "panel" format. Though I do think that these four creators might have had a lively, engaging conversation were they able to be in the same space together, I commend all involved for putting together a great panel despite those challenges.
As part of San Diego Comic-Con's virtual Comic-Con@Home experience this year, I watched the GeekEd: College and the Nerd Mind panel which aired on Wednesday, July 22, at 5 p.m./PST via the convention's YouTube channel. For those unfamiliar, GeekEd is a group of education professionals who want to explore the intersection of education and popular culture. The panel featured educators and mental health professionals sharing how they have applied their passion for fandom and the lessons they've learned from superhero stories to develop new best practices in their service to students, especially during these challenging times with the impact of COVID-19.
While this will be a very different year than normal, the Fanbase Press staff is very excited about the virtual celebration of San Diego Comic-Con 2020 in for the form of Comic-Con@Home! Our team is excited to be offering select panel coverage, our annual coverage of the 2020 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, and more to our readers this year. Below is a complete breakdown of all of Fanbase Press' San Diego Comic-Con 2020/Comic-Con@Home coverage. We’ll be updating this though out this week and next week as we post additional panel coverage and other content, so be sure to stop back often to see what’s new!
With the postponement of Free Comic Book Day this year, comics creators Russell Nohelty (publisher, Wannabe Press) and Neo Edmund (writer, Red Riding, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) are endeavoring to bring a bit of positivity to the comics community while supporting and promoting comics creators. The two collaborators recently announced the creation of ALT Free Comic Days (www.altfcd.com) which is a two-day event on Friday, May 1, and Saturday, May 2, 2020, featuring panels with Marv Wolfman (co-creator of The Teen Titans), Kevin Eastman (co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), and the team behind Drawing Blood, Richard Starkings (creator of Elephantmen), Sandy Carpenter (Storm King Comics), and more.
On Saturday, April 18, and Sunday, April 19, 2020, the Online Writer's Conference will provide a virtual opportunity for aspiring and experienced creators to "take control of their writing career." Hosted by NY Times best-selling author Russell Nohelty (Wannabe Press) and Nicolas Nelson (Wordsmith Writing Coaches), the Online Writer's Conferences will be free and open to all attendees from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m./PST, providing guided lectures that will help writers to script, pitch, and publish their stories.
In light of the growing Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns throughout the US, Emerald City Comic Con and other comic book conventions are postponing their upcoming events. These precautionary and preventative measures are understandable and encouraged; however, there will be an undeniable financial impact to creators and publishers throughout the comics industry, as well as other industries like food, travel, and others. In order to help mitigate the impact to indie creators, comics publisher Russell Nohelty of Wannabe Press is launching the virtual comics convention, Wannacon, to take place this Friday, March 13, through Sunday, March 15, 2020.
According to the Power-Con program, “Our goal is to maximize fan exposure to the creative background and history of He-Man and She-Ra while helping to spread awareness for what is new and upcoming for both brands. Organized and run by fans, Power-Con strives to give those in attendance some powerful memories to cherish forever.” Since 2011, fans have been converging on Southern California each year to celebrate the Masters of the Universe (MOTU) and Princess of Power (POP) IPs. This year, the eighth annual Power-Con was held at the Hilton Anaheim and run by a group of dedicated volunteers led by Event Director Val Staples. This was my second year attending, and, once again, for a person not well versed in either IP, I had an enjoyable time for several reasons.
Power-Con, as in prior years, delivers heavily on quality programming for its attendees, and this year was no different, with panels discussing everything from toys to the big news of Kevin Smith bringing He-Man to Netflix. As big of a news item as that is, the acclaimed She-Ra and the Princess of Power had just started its third season on Netflix earlier in August. To commemorate the event and all that the cartoon has accomplished thus far, Power-Con gathered the writers of She-Ra for an in-depth panel on not just the She-Ra cartoon, but what it is like to be a writer for the show and the important aspects – from diversity to creating a safe space – that they encourage.
On Wednesday afternoon, July 17, 2019, just hours before Preview Night opened the 50th anniversary of San Diego Comic-Con International, ComiXology held a press conference to commemorate their ten-year mission to create fans around the world for comics, graphic novels, trade paperbacks, and manga.